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2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

Requirements for a Major in Athletic Training

Students applying to the athletic training program at Grand Valley must follow all general education requirements as defined in the Grand Valley State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog. Transfer students should refer to the Transfer Student Policy at the end of this section.

This program is available only to students who apply and are admitted through the formal, competitive admission process. Application for admission to the program takes place two times per year: fall and winter. Once admitted into the program a student is required to spend a minimum of five semesters completing their clinical experiences.

Prerequisites for Admission

The prerequisites for admission into the athletic training program are as follows:

Note: Students must receive a B or better in all prerequisite coursework

  • Current first aid and CPR certification
  • Proof of current immunizations as defined by the CDC for health care workers
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher
  • One semester attendance at Grand Valley State University

Admission Eligibility

Once the above criteria have been met (or in process), the student is eligible to apply for admission into the program. Admission is competitive and is based on:

  1. Written test (Students must receive a 70 percent or higher to qualify for an interview)
  2. Practical test (Students must receive a 70 percent or higher to qualify for an interview)
  3. Admission application
  4. Interview
  5. Recommendations
  6. Completion of a criminal background check and 10-panel drug screen
  7. Technical standards

Individuals must be able to meet all technical standards of the athletic training program as outlined in the Athletic Training Policies and Procedures Manual.

Transfer Student Policy for the Athletic Training Education Program

  1. Transfer students seeking to enter the Grand Valley State University athletic training program must meet with an athletic training curriculum advisor to discuss possible transfer courses.
  2. Transfer students must meet all admission criteria in the Grand Valley State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog.
  3. Transfer students must meet all Grand Valley athletic training program prerequisite and admission criteria.
  4. The application committee will evaluate pre-admission criteria and transfer of coursework to the program on an individual basis.

Admission into the athletic training education program and successful completion of the curriculum courses and clinical hours will make students eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam for athletic trainers upon graduation.

Athletic Training Major B.S. Course Requirements (credit hours: 10)

Coursework (credit hours: 77-83)

Athletic training majors must complete the following courses in addition to their general education and prerequisite requirements:

GPA Retention Policies

Athletic training majors are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA in all required course work with no grade lower than a C. Once formally admitted to the program, students will also be required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher. In addition, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 for the semester. Failure to maintain the previously listed GPA requirements will place students in a probationary status for one semester. Failure to maintain the previously listed GPA requirements for a second consecutive semester will result in dismissal from the program.

Program Costs

Students will be responsible for the costs associated with required immunizations (Initial testing for physical exam, blood titers, and tuberculosis testing = $120; Annual TB test = $15/test), background checks and drug screenings ($72), BLS face mask ($13), travel to and from clinical sites (varies based on assignment), Grand Valley Athletic Training Polo ($33), student membership to the National Athletic Trainers Association ($35 first year, $75 annual after first year) or a yearly subscription to ATrack (NATA membership provides ATrack membership), and all textbooks and supplemental materials required for each course. First year (preadmittance to program and first semester in program) cost = $273; second year (second and third semester in program) = $90; third year (fourth semester and internship in program) = $90. Total costs equal $453.

Additional tuition will apply to all athletic training laboratory courses. Total cost for all courses equals $300.

Total estimated costs (tuition and program costs) during the athletic training program enrollment = $753 plus travel and textbook costs.

All costs are estimated and based on lowest available pricing as of September, 2017.

Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in Athletic Training

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Fourth Year

Athletic Training Program Description

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Movement Science Program Description

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